While Qatar has promised to give athletes and spectators "the games of your life" it seems many of the construction workers who built the facilities won't share the same happy memories from their Games experience.
Efforts have been made in Qatar to improve the standard of living for the legions of migrant workers, but it seems that plenty more needs to be done. Workers who refurbished Khalifa Stadium, venue for Friday's extravagant opening ceremony, say contractors continue to rob them of a slice of their paltry wages.
"The company for which I work promised to pay me 1,000 riyals ($275) a month, but its (Indian) manager is only paying 750 riyals ($206)," said Raju Nat, a 24-year-old Indian, during a break outside the stadium.
Basenta, a Nepalese construction worker, said he was receiving $150 a month instead of the $165 he had been promised. "I have no choice but to work for this small sum because I can't find a job in my country, and I have to provide for my four children, to whom I send ($40-95) a month," he said.
The CEO of United Development Company (UDC), a Qatari-Gulf private shareholding firm, felt the problem lay with small contractors, saying "they are either greedy or take projects at low prices, which prompts them to pay low salaries in order to make profits."
Qatar's labor ministry has attempted to become more proactive in protecting workers conditions. A new labor law passed two years ago stipulates that employers must pay monthly wages by the fifth of the following month.
Despite this conditions still remain poor and many workers choose to live on the construction sites rather their accommodation which often lack proper sewerage facilities.
According to Mohammed Fuad, a legal expert with the officially-sanctioned National Human Rights Committee, more than a quarter million workers were brought in over the past two years to cope with the construction boom in Qatar.
Hot, hard work with little reward
"When the number of workers increases, so do labor problems," said Fuad, adding that most complaints received by his committee relate to late payment of salaries and difficulties for workers seeking to change the "sponsors" of their residency.
While the committee received few complaints about the wages for unskilled workers, ranging from $165 to $330 a month, "are too low and don't match the cost of living", said Fuad.
Whether the workers were aware of their rights and the ability to make complaints about conditions was unknown. Workers receive almost no Occupational Health and Safety training and if they do, it is often wrong. This resulted in five workers dying from hydrogen-sulphide poisoning earlier this year.
Less than human
In its annual report released last May, the National Human Rights Committee warned of the less-than-human working conditions of the expatriate labour force, brought mainly from India and Pakistan, and urged the government to take action.
"The abuse of labor rights is on the rise, especially in the construction sector, which is something that would tarnish the image of the country if not checked," the committee said.
A UN specialist in combating human trafficking, who visited Qatar two weeks ago, praised the measures taken by Doha to control recruiting agencies which deceive migrant workers. However, it said Qatari authorities had much more to do to meet their international obligations to combat human trafficking.
"I have found that a number of people, including women, travel to Qatar in order to make a living... (But) more often than not they are shocked to find themselves in exploitative situations upon arrival," Sigma Huda told reporters in Doha.